Another cracking day in the valley but you had to work hard for it with overnight snow showers followed by a bitterly cold north easterly wind keeping the temperature well below freezing for most of the day. Cycling was difficult so I dumped the bike in Dunchurch and joined the sledging brigade briefly on toft hill as I made my way to the pond via toft shallows then on towards Grandborough via the kissing gate before retracing my steps via the Southam Road owl field.
Great-northern Diver: 2 off draycote bank
Smew: male off farborough then draycote bank
Red-crested Pochard: 2 male still
Red-breasted Merganser: female asleep on the north bank
Goosander: 26 seen off draycote bank and 7 males flew over Woolscott
Shelduck: 2 out in centre
Hen Harrier: ringtail back of Leam Valley Golf Centre
Merlin: now 2 females in valley
Sparrowhawk: hunting over beck hill
Peregrine: one over Kites Hardwick
Great Grey Shrike: still present near Grandborough
Stock Dove: 100+ in valley
Raven: one over Grandborough and over pond
Linnet: 400+ in valley
Barn Owl: one off Southam Road
Yellowhammer 25+ in valley
Reed Bunting: 10 in valley
Red-legged Partridge: 2 in valley
Meanwhile my glee of finding the GGS was premature as it’s been in the area since the 2nd but no one considered giving me the heads up. ouch.
-4c tonight with more snow due so valley will be iffy.